All Cullen Wines are grown on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar. The wines have no additions of yeast, acid or malolactic culture, and are in this sense natural wines which express the place and land on which they are grown, the vintage and the people.
Excellent hue and depth; a complex, medium to full-bodied web of texture and flavour; perfectly balanced oak and tannins supporting blackcurrant fruit; long finish. Drink by: 2019; Date Tasted: Feb 2006; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Firstly I’ll print my review exactly as I wrote it (tasting blind) in my tasting book: Very tight and fine. Reserved. Gravelly vanillin with pure, clean, dark fruit resting behind. Burnt, bitter, rubbery aftertaste. In need of several years to properly uncoil. Excellent structure and finesse on mid-level fruit. Very dry. Will see better days. Gets tighter and more focussed the longer it’s opened. Violetty perfumes. Excellent breeding, but not quite an outstanding wine. Note: I was somewhat surprised when the wine’s identity was revealed, but on re-tasting, and factoring in the label’s history, I couldn’t find anything in my notes that should be changed. Re-rated on day two: Essentially the same wine but the tannin structure is now showing its class, pulling through the wine like rope. A terrifically structured, medium-weight wine. It is outstanding, but just. Tasted: June 2006; Drink: 2013-2024; Rating: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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